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  1. 35 points
    From this point forward, and until further notice, deliberate thread derails with accusations of people being sockpuppets, discussing sockpuppets, pretty much ANYTHING sockpuppet related, will result in an instant 48h ban from accessing the site. Further instances will result in a seven day ban. These warning points will not be removed. Once you hit ten points, you will be suspended from the site permanently. Feel free to use the report function for any you think we missed, however I'm allowing a grace period for the next two hours to allow time for people to read this. This policy does not apply retrospectively to anything already posted, if you report things posted before midday today you will also get a ban for wasting our time. This place has become a toilet because of the actions of a few. You know who you are. Stop it.
  2. 19 points
    At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed emotions; the police has been a big part of my life and I leave in the most interesting of times. The world, and 'The Job' are changing at an incredible pace, and I think it will take a while to come to terms with not being a part of it all. But, there is a whole world out there, and other than a bit of surgery to navigate in due course, the future is bright and exciting. And I will dearly miss being an 'official' commentator on these hallowed forums. Its hotter than Hades some days, but I've enjoyed the banter (most of it) the challenge (all of it) and the fact that behind all the thud and bluster, there are people on here that genuinely do give a monkeys about what happens on our Island. I may or may not pop back up on here in my own name, but if not, be excellent to each other. Derek
  3. 18 points
    As it is being restored by volunteers and donations I think it's entirely up to people whether they choose to support it or not As you say there is a risk that it will not be a success. If you do not believe in the goal then I think you are right to not support it, why should you? I, however, want to give it a chance to succeed and do believe that it is a historical asset to the town. So I do support it. Simple.
  4. 17 points
    A cook, that was your role, I knew it!
  5. 17 points
    Guys... i.e. Jack and Notty - I have neither of you on ignore, but I do find this 'you're embarrassing yourself', 'you're drunk and have probably shat yourself', 'you're hboy's sock', 'everyone ignores you' mindless repartee to be a bit tiresome. Can't you both just grow up a bit? Make your points, which on both sides are often reasonable, and if another storms in with shitty ad hominem attacks just don't respond. The forum would be a better place if you did.
  6. 16 points
    Reading through the reports and listening to what was said; what seems to come though it all is the sheer arrogance of all concerned. It just exemplifies to me all that is completely wrong with the IOM and what will continue stop a proper diversified and big tax paying free market private sector developing. They are putting on an event that WE pay for through our taxes. The event relies on a huge number of people and groups who provide their time for free (from marshalls to boy scouts doing the scores), it also relies on normal residents putting up people in their own homes year after year, and without those people the event could not possibly happen. Yet clearly those (exemplified by Husseys comments) who are paid as part of this whole exercise of setting fire to millions of pounds of our money, clearly believe that it's the right for government and Departments like the DED to capitalize on the event exclusively for the benefit of itself and the people within IOMG. It's easy to imagine this fuck up is going to cost US another few mill by the time Vision Nine have been bought off as part of this mess as well. These people have fed off government salaries for almost all of their careers. Most have never taken a commercial risk in their entire lives. They probably have no idea what it's like to put your own money on the line to back an idea or an initiative and if you fuck it up its your house on the line, and your family impacted, and your car repossessed. They can play at being entrepreneurs and at being business men with our money and they don't even have to be any fucking good at it as there is no moral hazard whatsoever. If they fuck up we still pay and they lose nothing. Nobody is going to be the next Bernie Ecclestone if they're living on a £60k a year guaranteed salary, and a gold plated pension, and they'll still get it whether they lose millions or not. If they fuck up WE pay for it and their lives are not adversely impacted in any way at all. Yet they're telling many people who might have been out there and taken risks and experienced a whole variety of good and bad business decisions to create wealth that they know best. It's crazy. Anyone with any commercial experience would likely have told them that this was a shit idea 4 years ago. Now we will probably end up compensating Vision Nine after all this evidence has been heard; as there's a high chance that this has been a badly executed shit idea from a bunch of clueless civil servants from the start. But they will still continue getting paid very nice salaries until they retire. And then get very nice pensions for life. It's only the taxpayer assuming the risk for some apparently not very successful or competent people on secure salaries and benefits playing at being Bernie Ecclestone. .
  7. 15 points
    There wasn't much health and safety when those boys went over the top into the barbed wire, mud and machine guns......
  8. 15 points
    Wonder what their 5 minute rate is? For a friend, wondering for a friend...
  9. 14 points
    Sorry to hear that. You sound like a fighter and I'm sure you will beat the hell out of it. Kind of puts this petty squabbling into perspective. All the best.
  10. 14 points
    That the Honourable Members should be locked in the building and not permitted to emerge until they have produced a credible Programme For Government which sets out the roadmap, actions and timetable for balancing the budget, together with audited financial projections. Once they've done that, they can go back to deciding where the Lord Bishop sits and all the rest.
  11. 14 points
    "Space: the stuff between MHK's ears. These are the voyages of the Department of Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new ways of wasting money, to seek out new contracts that will never work and new ways to fund our own pensions, to boldly talk bollocks like no man has talked bollocks before."
  12. 13 points
    I really dislike these video news reports for a radio station.
  13. 13 points
    So Jersey is actually looking to bring in a tighter work permit system for low wage workers just at the same time that we are being lobbied to do away with work permits by the Chamber of Commerce as apparently they are 'prohibiting growth' https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/09/16/work-permit-system-for-low-skilled-immigrants/ Seems mad that we are considering opening the gates, especially to low income workers who pay hardly anything in tax and who will suck up free taxpayer services, when a rival jurisdiction has obviously decided that it needs to put up the drawbridge.
  14. 13 points
    3 times in 2 years I've had this bloody cheapskate round looking at my house. I know he's desperate to have it or he wouldn't keep coming back and we've had the conversation 3 times now, but the bastard just won't admit he's smitten with it and put his hand in his pocket. Wasting agent's and vendor's bloody time......... Next time he comes - and he will - we're gonna shut the curtains and pretend to be out! Tosser.
  15. 13 points
    In this regard only we have a shared position, I too often have cause to wonder about the justice of ‘it’ all, if ‘it’ can be defined as causality, and effect, so far as the conduct of Government goes. In your interesting post, you have used the word ‘apparently’ three times, ‘appears’ once, ‘murky’ once, ‘concocted’ once. You obviously have some axe to grind large or small regarding the Irving’s, which is manifestly apparent from the composition of your post. Be that as it may. I am not qualified in the law and have ‘no dog in the fight’ to attempt to address the finer points of the judgment as handed down by the Deemster Corlett, but I do have observations to make about naïve businessmen, and failure to pay tax and national insurance by businesses on the Isle of Man. If the contention is that the Irving’s are to be held culpable and subject to public vilification because they jointly or individually failed to keep proper accounts or pay on demand tax and NI then let’s have equanimity and make all in that category subject to equal treatment. So, were the Directors of the Sefton Group who failed to pay tax and NI and who at various times claimed to Government that the company/ companies were balance sheet insolvent subject to public vilification? They were not publicly vilified. As they described it later before a Committee of Inquiry, they were valiant business warriors struggling against the tyranny of Graham Ferguson Lacey, a man Allan Bell described as a lunatic running the madhouse. They protested that they had done all they could to curb the excesses of GFL, in fact they hadn’t liked him or his business methods, and he in turn hadn’t much liked them, as they now told it. The facts are they hadn’t paid the company’s bills as they had fallen due, and the Government was a substantial creditor, however, a political decision was made not to go to the Courts to obtain a winding-up order and liquidate the Sefton Group companies. Then we have the matter of EuroManx. A company that kept no accounts or accurate financial records and was to all extents and purposes balance sheet insolvent almost, if not actually from the moment it was trading on the IOM. Those Directors kept no accounts, didn’t pay the bills as they fell due and owed the Government substantial sums of money. Ex-Chief Minister Brown described EuroManx as a company he and his administration ‘had become very fond of’. No application to the Courts to wind-up EuroManx by the Treasury or anybody else in the IOM Government was made. The final loss to the public purse is available to anyone wanting to know what that sum is by simple dint of effort to go and find it. Were those Directors subject to public vilification? No they were not. What about moves to disqualify post the inevitable court order to wind-up the Company, no, nothing was done. So who are the naïve businessmen? If being naïve is enough to visit dire consequences upon those culpable of it, then let the tumbrils roll and crowd them in, because on past events alone it would take more than one cart to carry them all Deemster Corlett in his judgment wrote that he found Mr Harding’s conduct ‘inexplicable’ and he stated that so far as Mr Carter was concerned a possible explanation for his conduct in regards with Mr Harding in the ‘conduct of the case is characterised by his willingness to bend over backwards to be fair to the Government's arguments rather than to be a fearless advocate for his own client’. Some may say that is an accurate description of someone who could be fairly described as a ‘lickspittle’. With regards to other aspects of his conduct others might say that he was self-admittedly well out of his depth, and was simply incompetent to deal with the matters he was being paid to deal with. If your face fits, is an expression often used to explain in short form the often inexplicable reasons why some are favoured and others are not. Why some are forgiven transgressions and others not, why some are made into mult-millionaires and others are laid low, why some companies are wound-up and others have multi-millions of public money provided to keep them afloat. The Irving’s case has done this much, it has given the public an object lesson of what can happen when your face doesn’t fit and people take it upon themselves to act on that. If we are to have things done in the IOM with a view to ‘justice’ , then let’s have justice applied equally. We are a long way from that as I see it from where we are standing now. As for Icarus, that is a much more apposite description to be made about the IOM Government’s modus operandi than any small businessman’s ambition that I have seen on the Isle of Man.
  16. 13 points
    It's a lot easier to produce pages of pretentious waffle than to produce efficient public services - like transport.....
  17. 13 points
    The women are seeking parity of the abortion laws in the IOM with those of the U.K. Presently of course access to abortion is here is profoundly limited. To make their point about the consequential lesser status of women on the Island, occasioned by our abortion laws, they dressed as characters from a 1985 novel called "The Handmaid's Tale" by a Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. In the novel, a fundamentalist Christian sect, which has replaced the government of the USA, diminishes the role of women to effectively nothing more than child-bearers, leaving women with no rights, and no "voice". The novel was recently televised with Elisabeth Moss, of "Madmen" fame, in the principal role. This display at Tynwald was, in my opinion, the most effective political/social statement ever seen in the IOM, alongside Alan Shea in his Auschwitz uniform. I wish these women every success in their campaign to bring about equity for Manx women, just as I equally wish nothing but failure and disappointment to those striving to uphold (or even limit further) our existing abortion laws, and in the process cynically labelling their cruel endeavours as "reform".
  18. 13 points
    You just can't be churlish about the Island Games. Conceived and born in the Isle of Man, it is a wonderful spectacle of endeavour and achievement that allows the peoples of small communities the chance to meet and compete against teams drawn from similar sized populations from near and far. The Games have given pleasure to millions over the years. They are a massive feather in the cap of the Isle of Man and a fitting epitaph for Geoff Corlett. What a smashing bequest to leave to the youngsters.
  19. 12 points
    If he's unhappy with the situation he should get himself into government and try to make a difference. Oh right.
  20. 12 points
    Yes, that would be a better plan. We have far too much government, the Island seems to have developed into a tiny clone of the UK, rather than a place with government suitable to its size and population. A place this size could be run by a unitary authority, and our parliament does not require an upper chamber. We are smaller in area and in population than many unitary authorities in the UK. So get rid of the commissioners and their associated bureaucracy, get rid of the undemocratic Legislative Council and any bureaucratic support they have. Centralise everything, the Island is only 30 odd miles long and 14 miles wide, for goodness sake!
  21. 12 points
    I can guarantee the finance officer wouldn't be the finance officer if he began questioning expenses
  22. 12 points
    It's been a very troubling week in the end https://cueballsdiaryofasadman.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/this-week-pining-for-the-fjords-week-ending-8th-sept/ Also at @CueBall_iom via twitter
  23. 12 points
    In a way it is a totally bizarre suggestion that cyclists - or road users should be banned from using a road because of the antics of other users. But it's equally bizarre that a major road is one way for a fortnight because of poor riding by motorcyclists. Or that we don't have an all-Island speed limit because it might discourage bikers from coming here. But this is the Isle of Man where bikes are king, so I suppose it makes a warped kind of sense.
  24. 12 points
    If my elderly mum is anything to go by a kind of medicinal vicious circle develops over the years- as in you see the doc complaining of some ache or pain or other. You get a prescribed medication. Said medication sets off some other ache or pain as a side effect so you go back to the doc and get another prescribed medication to off set said side effect. This in turn sets off some other side effect and so we go on until you end up with a table sized tray of tablets all sorted out into dosages and times and days to take them whilst arriving at this place with absolutely no fucking ideas of what any of them do other than the green one might be to do with 'me water'... ''
  25. 12 points
    Quite right. And who better to encapsulate that than barclays bank.